Essentials of Peru (6D/5N)


Trip Overview

  • DAY 1 • ARRIVE IN LIMA
  • DAY 2 • FLY TO CUSCO, TOUR OF CUSCO & SURROUNDING AREA
  • DAY 3 • TOUR SACRED VALLEY + TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU
  • DAY 4 • MACHU PICCHU
  • DAY 5 • RETURN TO CUSCO + EVENING FLIGHT TO LIMA
  • DAY 6 • TOUR OF LIMA OR FREE DAY UNTIL INTL. FLIGHT DEPARTURE

Pricing

$2,499 per person

*PRICING IS BASED ON A MINIMUM OF 2 GUESTS, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.
*DOES NOT INCLUDE FLIGHTS

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $695 PER PERSON


Itinerary

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO PERU

You will arrive at Lima International Airport and check into your hotel, located inside the airport, in preparation for your flight the following morning.

Accommodations • Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Meals Included • None
Entrance Permits • N/A

DAY 2 - FLY TO CUSCO, TOUR OF CUSCO & SURROUNDING AREA

This morning, after breakfast, board your 1 hour 15 minute flight from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival, your private guide will pick you up and help you check-in to your hotel and then have a quick briefing to review the itinerary for the day.

Your tour in and around the Cusco area will introduce you to the most incredible and unique sites in Cusco. You will start by observing and entering the main Cusco Cathedral and the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha). Following those sites you will tour the Saqsayhuaman fortress ruins, known for their unbelievable stonework and home of the yearly Inti Raymi festival.

After Saqsayhuaman you can continue to observe Incan ruins in the area (Q'enqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara), the famous Christ statue above Cusco (Cristo Blanco), or even the colonial city Andahuaylillas, about 45 minutes south of Cusco and home to the famous painted chapel. It is all up to you. This can be a half day or a full day tour depending on what you would like and how you're feeling.

Accommodations • Casa Andina Cusco Private Collection
Meals Included • Breakfast
Entrance Permits • Included

DAY 3 - THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS + TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is often our guest's favorite experience in the Cusco area. You will be able to observe llamas and alpacas at the Awanakancha llama reserve, as well as local Andean women making textiles. You will then observe the world famous Pisac artisan market and Pisac archaeological site, high above the Sacred Valley. Following your buffet lunch on the banks of the Urubamba river you will explore Ollantaytambo: the Living Inca City, one of the most stunning sites in all of Peru.

Following those tour activities, you will board your train to Machu Picchu. Known as one of the top 5 train rides in the world, you will get to observe the change in scenery from high Andes to the cloud rainforest. Upon your arrival, your hotel representative will pick you up at the train station and escort you to El MaPi Hotel by InkaTerra.

After your dinner (included), you will meet with your private guide to plan the following day at Machu Picchu. The rest of your evening will be at your leisure.

Accommodations • El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
Meals Included • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Entrance Permits • Included

DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU, WONDER OF THE WORLD

This will be an amazing day. Based on your plan with your guide the night before, you will be transported up to the entrance of Machu Picchu at the time of your choice. Explore the ruins on your own and enjoy the incredible views of the Lost City of the Incas.

When ready, enjoy a private 2.5 hour tour of the entire city. If you booked the Huayna Picchu hike, then you will enjoy that hike at some point during your morning at Machu Picchu. Note: we automatically include this hiking permit for all of our guests (*if available).

For lunch, enjoy the buffet at the Sanctuary Lodge by Belmond at the entrance of Machu Picchu. Continue to explore on your own or with your guide for the remainder of the afternoon. In the late afternoon / evening, return to your hotel in Aguas Calientes to relax and recount the day's adventures.

Accommodations • El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
Meals Included • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Entrance Permits • Included

DAY 5 - RETURN TO CUSCO, FLY TO LIMA

This morning, after breakfast, board your return train and private transfer back to Cusco. Then, private transfer to the Cusco airport for your departure flight to Lima.

After flying to Lima, you will have a private transfer to Miraflores, the most beautiful section of Lima. Here you will have the balance of your day at your leisure to eat, shop, explore, and relax after some incredible adventures in Cusco.

Accommodations • Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
Meals Included • Breakfast
Entrance Permits • N/A

day 6 - lima + international departure

Today you will get to experience Lima, the City of Kings. You can choose to either explore the city on your own or to enjoy a private tour of the city's most iconic sites.

If you choose to explore on your own, we provide a list of restaurants and parks that you can use to build your own adventure and get a taste for Lima's world-famous cuisine.

If you choose to take the private tour of the city, you will visit the main Plaza de Armas of Lima, the National Cathedral, the San Francisco Monastery (with it's catacombs and beautiful library), Kennedy Park and the Park of Love. This is a half day tour and can be done in the morning or in the afternoon.

When the time arrives, you will have your private transfer back to Lima International Airport for your international departure.

Accommodations • N/A
Meals Included • Breakfast
Entrance Permits • N/A


What's Included?

included:

  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDES • All of our guides speak fluent English/Spanish and studied tourism at the National University of Cusco. They all grew up in this region and love sharing their knowledge of history and culture with our guests. They're professional and enjoy providing a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • PERMITS • The first step after placing your deposit is to secure all of your entrance permits. Throughout the year, especially during the busy season, this is the most important step in trip preparations. These permits are individually issued for a specific date and for a specific traveler. Once confirmed, they cannot be changed. We can update passport numbers, but at a fee of $50 per traveler.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION • From the moment you arrive in Peru until your international departure, all of your ground transportation is included in this tour package. Your private transfers, buses, and trains are all included. When we pick you up our representatives will always have a sign with our name and your name on it.
    *As a default, your itinerary includes Vistadome Class train service on Perurail and/or Executive Class train service with IncaRail.
  • FOOD • Please see itinerary descriptions above to plan for which meals are included and which meals are not.
  • WATER • Water will be provided throughout all of your tour activities.
  • OXYGEN & FIRST AID • All of our guides receive yearly first aid training. We're partnered with Cusco's #1 Private Clinic in case any additional medical attention is needed. All of your hotels and transfers will have oxygen available for those who are struggling with the altitude.
  • HUAYNA PICCHU / MONTAÑA • The world-famous Huayna Picchu hike is limited to 400 hikers per day. Depending on availability, we secure this permit for all guests. If Huayna Picchu is sold out we include the Machu Picchu Montaña hiking permits. This hike is a little bit longer than Huayna Picchu (some would say it is better) and is a great option to experience original Inca trail.
  • 24 / 7 / 365 TRIP SUPPORT • For the planning stages, and during your trip, we provide 24/7 customer service to assist with any of your questions or issues.

not included:

  • FLIGHTS • Coordinating international and domestic flights can be tricky. During this tour package you will need to secure 2 round-trip flights in Peru (LIM-IQT-LIM and LIM-CUZ-LIM). Our Peru Travel Experts will walk you through this entire process and recommend the exact flight itineraries you need to take for your trip. Delays and cancellations are common in Peru so we recommend that you book with the most reliable airline: LATAM. You can also work with Peruvian Airlines, Star Peru, LCP Peru, and Avianca. If you would prefer that we purchase flights for you, we charge a $50 booking fee per R/T domestic flight booked and a $100 booking fee per R/T international flight booked.
  • GRATUITIES • Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE • This is not required, but always recommended. All tour packages are nonrefundable and this can be a great way to plan for contingencies.